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Title:The prospects for tea cultivation in West Nile
Author:Uyirwoth, I.J.K.
Periodical:East African Geographical Review
Geographic term:Uganda
Abstract:The area of the extreme southwest corner of West Nile District of Uganda has been studied for its suitability for tea by Mr. E. Hainsworth of the East African Tea Research Institute, Kericho, in June 1967. Tea plots already existing in Zombo and Zeu indicated that the high altitude (over 5,000 feet) grassland-savanna of southwestern West Nile in Okoro county would make suitable tea growing lands. Comparing the two existing plots at Zombo and Zeu it seemed that the Zeu area was the better one for tea. The Zeu Tea Project which commenced planting in February 1968 comes under the direction o Agricultural Enterprises Ltd., a subsidiary of the Uganda Development Corporation. It is anticipated that by 1975 3,200 acres will have been planted. It was expected that 400 acres would have been planted by the end of 1968 rising to a 1,000 by the end of 1969 Already by mid-1968 277 persons were employed on the scheme, mostly Alur (180) and even 20 Kiga. Probably 40,000 acres of the southern portion of west Nile would be suitable for tea, but it is probable that tea will remain of secondary interest to arabica coffee in the area.